The moving and essential story of an Italian doctor who has worked for 25 years on the front line of what is perhaps the largest mass migration in human history. The island of Lampedusa has hit the world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of migrants. Since the shipwrecks began in 1992, Doctor Bartolo has been rescuing, welcoming, helping, and providing medical assistance to those who survived. But above all, he has been listening to them.
Pietro Bartolo was born in Lampedusa sixty years ago to a family of fishermen. He returned to Lampedusa after getting his medical degree, and has been running the island’s clinic since 1991. His book Lampedusa – Gateway to Europe is published in English by MacLehose Books.
Lidia Tilotta is a journalist of RAI Regional News and is the co-author of the book Lampedusa – Gateway to Europe.
Chair: Clare Longrigg, author and editor at The Guardian.
With the presence of Marco Delogu, director of the Italian Cultural Institute.